A New Way to Advocate

Feb 15, 2021

This legislative session promises to be another unique session. Not only have legislators had to rethink how they legislate due to the coronavirus, but we too have had to rethink how we advocate to have the metro area business voice continue to be heard at the Capitol.

Partnering together, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Marion Chamber of Commerce, Marion Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) and the Hiawatha Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO) will host a series of virtual public policy panels during this legislative session to speak directly to area legislators about the timely issues most important to the business community.

The next Business Leader Public Policy Discussion will take place February 26 from 3-4 PM. Business leaders will serve on a panel to discuss workforce issues including worker needs, child care and more. Once again business leaders will share their perspective on issues with legislators, along with attendees also having an opportunity to weigh in. Register in advance at https://bit.ly/361WOwQ.

We held our first Business Leader Public Policy Discussion on January 22 focusing on policies that spur growth in our region. The business leader panel made the case for housing needs, broadband investment, development projects and other issues that are instrumental in our region’s recovery from the pandemic and derecho as area legislators listened and reacted.

Better Your Community by Serving on a City or State Board or Commission

There’s power in the voices of the business community and our members! Amplify your voice by serving on a city or state board or commission. This is the perfect opportunity for passionate community members to see direct results from their volunteer time. In 2020, a number of our members were successful in joining influential boards and commissions at the state and local level.

All Iowa residents are eligible to apply for a state board or commission that cover issues from workforce to technology, transportation and more. See the full list of State positions at talentbank.iowa.gov.

There are opportunities for local city residents too, and Economic Alliance members span multiple municipalities. City opportunities can be found directly on your respective city’s website.

Public Policy Strategist Barbra Solberg can provide guidance for both city and state positions. Reach out to her at

bsolberg@cedarrapids.org if you would like to apply or have any questions.

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